Class Descriptions

Drop-In Classes

All Level Yoga
All Level Yoga is an open format class in which students are expected to have the ability to pace themselves, while at the same time find inspiration from the options presented by the instructor. The style of yoga practiced in All Level Yoga is dependent on the instructor's training and yoga studies. Each All Level Yoga class presents a unique opportunity to learn about the many differences as well as similarities between various schools of yoga. It is expected that students have enough experience with yoga to understand their personal strengths and weaknesses.

Please note: All Level Yoga is not introductory level, and therefore may not be appropriate for you if you are new to yoga. If you are new to yoga or simply out of practice, we recommend our Beginning Yoga classes as the perfect place to start. Beginning Yoga offers an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of yoga without strain or risk of injury. These classes are also a great option for slowing down and simplifying your practice regardless of your experience level.

Ashtanga yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. Rooted in ancient India, the physical practice of ashtanga yoga had developed over the ages into a science of the human body. Using the breath as a vehicle, the student is guided through a series of pre-set poses specifically designed to cultivate balance, strength, and flexibility while detoxing the body from the inside out; physically, mentally, and spiritually. Ashtanga is a tool for self observation and nurtures peace of mind. Intermediate to advanced level class.  

Beginning Yoga
Are you curious about yoga but too intimidated to try? Have you tried yoga off and on for years, but never really felt like you ‘got it’? Do you believe you’re too old, too out-of-shape, or too stiff? Geared towards the absolute beginner, Beginning Yoga introduces the basic foundations of any yoga practice by introducing proper alignment of yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and dhyana (guided meditation). Working gently, slowly, and compassionately, you will discover a renewed sense of strength, flexibility, and power of spirit.

GoodLife Yoga
GoodLife Yoga combines alignment, fun and a love of learning into a skillful approach to the practice of  yoga.  Experience a wealth of technique and inspiration to improve and expand your current practice.   Can’t do a challenging pose yet?  Learn to break things down into manageable ‘skill builders’ so you experience  success.  Stack up your successes and you’ll discover more confidence and desire to see what else may  be possible.  All along the way you’ll be completely supported and reminded that You Are Amazing and  that life is good.  Your yoga practice is a learning ground for understanding and appreciating how you  approach, manage and celebrate life.   Of course you’ll get stronger, more flexible and meet new friends.   That’s a byproduct of the skillful effort you put into your practice. Have fun and celebrate yourself at a  GoodLife Yoga class.

Moonlight Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Moonlight Restorative Yoga incorporates gentle yoga, acupressure, and restorative postures that are fully supported by blankets, blocks, and other props. A perfect counterbalance to the stresses of everyday life, this practice encourages the body and mind to unwind and relieve unwanted tension and pain, balances your energy, and provides deep rejuvenation. This is what yoga is all about: stilling our fidgety bodies and calming our rambling minds so that we may rest quietly in the present moment and see clearly the peace that resides within.

Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar Yoga, created by B.K.S. Iyengar, is an innovative approach to classical hatha yoga. This style of yoga emphasizes precision and alignment while developing strength, stamina, flexibility, and balance. Sequencing of the asanas (poses) is an essential part of this practice. The use of props makes this method accessible to all, regardless of physical ability. Iyengar Yoga is well known for it's therapeutic benefits.

Beginning Level: Appropriate for students new to Iyengar Yoga. The basis of the method is taught in standing poses, Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand), and other fundamental postures.

Continuing Level: Appropriate for students who are well practiced in beginning postures including Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand). Basic postures are refined. Sirsasana (headstand), full arm balance, backbends, and pranayama are introduced. Note: This class is appropriate for all levels of experience, however, we do recommend at least one Beginning Iyengar class before attending.

Kundalini Inspired 
Kundalini Yoga is a system that links breath with movement to open the subtle energy body. In this class, we will combine more traditional practices such as Hatha, Restorative, and Anusara with Kundalini so you will have the experience of opening and integrating your whole Self; not only physically, mentally, and emotionally but energetically as well. It will be an amazing journey into the more subtle realms of your Being. Bring an open heart and open mind, get ready to explore and have fun as we delve into the beauty of all that is YOU.

Restorative Yoga

In this class we will move at a slow and leisurely pace into poses that are fully supported with blankets, blocks, bolsters, and other props; a perfect counterbalance to the stresses of the workweek and everyday life. Postures are held for several minutes at a time to allow you to drop with ease into a place of deep contentment. This class will recharge your energy tank, bringing balance to your body and peace to your mind. Note: This class is appropriate for all levels, including absolute beginners!


Vinyasa in an energetic class that connects movement with the breath, awaking the body, mind, and spirit. This class is led in a non-heated room. The asanas, or poses, vary from class to class, but always include backbends, inversions, and twists. Advanced variations are taught along with modifications. 

Wake Up Yoga
Get your day started off the best way possible with an early morning yoga class! Wake Up Yoga is a one-hour class that will fit perfectly into your busy schedule, while still providing a full spectrum yoga experience that you'll enjoy throughout your day. You will begin with a centering practice and then move, stretch, and strengthen through warm-ups, yoga asanas, pranayama, and guided relaxation. You'll not only be energized but also calmly focused for the day ahead. 

Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga focuses on the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine through seated postures that are held in stillness for several minutes at a time. A perfect complement to more yang styles of exercise (such as vinyasa flow yoga, running, or biking), Yin Yoga addresses the restrictions and tightening of the joints and connective tissue through modified poses that are equally challenging for the mind as they are for the body. The result is not only more lubricated, flexible joints, but also a greater sense of balance, peace, and calm. Note: This class is best suited for those with a few months of regular yoga practice.

Yin Yang
The first part of our practice will be ‘yin’-focused; this means that we will start with where the body is RIGHT NOW. After settling into our bodies with a meditative Yin Yoga sequence, we’ll start to move gently and at a leisurely pace into a relaxed, intuitive flow that will calm the mind, soothe the body, and restore your spirit. This pairing of Yin/Vinyasa Flow will bring your body and mind to a delightful state of balance and peace.  Note: This class is best suited for those with experience with vinyasa flow yoga.

This class provides the best of both Yin and Restorative yoga! Class will begin with a soothing restorative pose so that you can find deep relaxation and calm the physical, emotional, mental and energetic body. You will then be guided through yin poses to nourish the joints and connective tissues in the body. A final restorative pose will complete this calming practice, leaving you feeling fully rested, with your energy restored, body nourished, and mind relaxed.

Yoga for Emotional Health:
Although this gentle flow class provides all the physical health benefits of yoga, its the emotional health benefits that will receive focus and attention. Each week, this class will begin with a short lesson/contemplation on how to use yoga to calm the mind in addition to calming the body. And as an added bonus, stay for a free 30 minute meditation session after class.

Sunday Evening Meditation:
Come to the mediation alone, or pair this session with Yoga for Emotional Health. Each week will focus on a different meditation technique or style.

Spirit of the Lake Yoga & Wellness Center

244 Water Street • Second Floor • Excelsior, MN 55331 • 952-474-7707

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